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COVID-19 Guidance


Business Interruption Loan Schemes and Fund

Support for the continued provision of finance to UK businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak

Uncertainty and the impact on cash

Small businesses have never experienced a more challenging time than the one in which they now find themselves.

The Government has responded with a number of support measures and guidance on steps to take to avoid the spread of infection as some businesses return to work. It has also provided a range of financial resources to help UK businesses survive, transition and prepare for a post COVID-19 economy.

As part of this path to recovery, it’s important for UK businesses to stay up to date with resources available to them as the crisis develops.

Coronavirus: Government measures

Back in March 2020, the Chancellor set out a £12 billion package of measures to help businesses through the economic disruption caused by COVID-19. That was followed shortly after by an unprecedented initial £330 billion package of government-backed and guaranteed loans intended to give businesses the financial support they needed to survive and recover.

Since then, the Chancellor has announced a number of additional measures to provide financial support, such as the Job Retention Scheme, VAT deferral, tax relief and various grants.

Learn more about the latest government measures

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

  • For SMEs, micro businesses and other businesses requiring smaller loans
  • Looking for between £2,000 and £50,000
  • Term loan repaid over six years
  • No set-up fees and first 12 months of interest payments covered by government
  • No repayments during the first 12 months

Learn more about BBLS

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

  • For smaller businesses with a turnover of less than £45 million
  • Looking for up to £5 million in finance
  • Business loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance available
  • First 12 months of interest and lender-levied fees covered
  • More than 40 accredited lenders

Learn more about CBILS

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

  • For larger businesses with a turnover of more than £45 million
  • Looking for up to £200 million in finance
  • Business loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance available
  • Repayment terms of up to three years

Learn more about CLBILS

Future Fund

The Future Fund issues convertible loans starting from £125,000 to innovative companies currently being affected by COVID-19. The loans must be at least 100% match-funded by third-party investors.

Designed for companies with good potential that typically rely on equity investment, the scheme will help companies through this period of economic disruption and recovery, so that they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential.

Eligible companies need to have previously raised £250,000 or more in equity investment.

Learn more about the Future Fund

The above schemes are just some of the measures the Government has announced. You can find full details of how the Government is supporting public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by the coronavirus.

Learn more about other types of financial support available for businesses

Find coronavirus support for your business

The UK Government has created a simple business support finder to help businesses locate the financial support available to them.

Visit the business support finder

Guidance on reopening workplaces safely

The UK Government has developed guidance to support businesses in England in reopening safely during coronavirus. It encourages businesses to carry out a risk assessment and helps to identify the workplace adjustments that they should make.

Read the government guidance

Your business in times of uncertainty:

Included in this guide, you will find guidance on:

  • Financial and operational management, including managing late payment
  • Making your team aware of how they can help improve the business’s cash position
  • Where to go for advice and funding options
  • How to approach lenders and investors, especially if you have an immediate cash shortfall

View guide to managing cash in times of change.

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"In terms of guidance regarding COVID-19, we urge businesses to contact their finance providers early to discuss how they can support themselves and their clients and customers through the coming weeks.”

Stephen Jones, Chief Executive, UK Finance


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